3rd Edition

Understanding Architecture
Its Elements, History, and Meaning





ISBN 9780813349039
Published December 24, 2013 by Routledge
816 Pages

USD $105.00

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Book Description

This widely acclaimed, beautifully illustrated survey of Western architecture is now fully revised throughout, including essays on non-Western traditions. The expanded book vividly examines the structure, function, history, and meaning of architecture in ways that are both accessible and engaging.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations -- Preface -- Introduction -- Part I -- The Elements of Architecture -- 1 Architecture: The Art of Shaping of Space -- 2 “Commoditie”: Building Functions -- 3 “Firmeness”: Structure, or How Does the Building Stand Up? -- 4 “Delight”: Seeing Architecture -- 5 Architecture and Sound -- 6 Architecture: Part of the Natural Environment -- 7 The Architect: From High Priest to Profession -- 8 Architecture, Memory, and Economics -- Part II -- The History and Meaning of Architecture -- 9 The Beginnings of Architecture: From Caves to Cities -- 10 The Architecture of Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt -- 11 Greek Architecture -- 12 Roman Architecture -- 13 Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture -- 14 Medieval Architecture -- 15 Renaissance Architecture -- 16 Baroque and Rococo Architecture -- 17 The Origins of Modernism: Architecture in the Age of Enlightenment, 1720–1790 -- 18 The Roots of Modernism: The Nineteenth Century -- 19 Versions of Modern Architecture, 1914–1970 -- 20 The Expansion of Modernism: From the Twentieth Century into the Twenty-First -- 21 Into the Twenty-First Century -- Suggested Readings -- Notes -- Glossary -- Index.

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